Hardy Flowering Trees: Tips On Growing Ornamental Trees In Zone 7

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By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener

USDA plant hardiness zone 7 is a great climate for growing a variety of hardy flowering trees. Most zone 7 ornamental trees produce vibrant blooms in spring or summer and many finish the season with bright autumn color. Some ornamental trees in zone 7 make songbirds very happy with clusters of red or purple berries. If you’re in the market for ornamental trees in zone 7, read on for a few ideas to get you started.

Hardy Flowering Trees

Selecting ornamental trees for zone 7 can be overwhelming, as there are literally tons that you could choose from. To make your selections easier, here are some of the more popular types of ornamental trees you may find suitable for this zone.

Crabapple (Malus spp.) – Pink, white or red flowers in spring, colorful fruit in summer, excellent color in shades of maroon, purple, gold, red, bronze or yellow in autumn.

Redbud (Cercis canadensis) – Pink or white flowers in spring, foliage turns golden-yellow in fall.

Flowering cherry (Prunus spp.) –Fragrant white or pink flowers in spring, bronze, red or gold foliage in autumn.

Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia spp.) – Pink, white, red or lavender blooms in summer and autumn; orange, red or yellow foliage in fall.

Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboretum) – Fragrant white blooms in summer, crimson foliage in fall.

Purple leaf plum (Prunus cerasifera) – Fragrant pink blooms in early spring, reddish berries in late summer.

Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) – White or pink blooms in spring, bright red berries in late summer and beyond, reddish-purple foliage in fall.

Lilac chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) – Fragrant violet-blue flowers in summer.

Chinese dogwood (Cornus kousa) – White or pink flowers in spring, red berries in late summer, reddish-purple foliage in fall.

Dwarf red buckeye/Firecracker plant (Aesculus pavia) – Bright red or orange-red flowers in late spring and early summer.

Fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus) – Creamy white blooms in late spring followed by bluish-black berries and yellow foliage in autumn.

Saucer magnolia (Magnolia soulangeana) – Fragrant white blooms flushed with pink/purple in spring, colorful fruit in late summer, yellow foliage in autumn.

American holly (Ilex opaca) – Creamy white blooms in spring, bright orange or red berries in fall and winter, bright green evergreen foliage.

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